View Full Version : T&DC Designs ~ Scores Posted! ~ Come and Collect Your Prizes! ~

23rd Jan 2008, 5:50 AM
~*~ This Belongs in Houses ~*~


Trendham & DeCroix Designs is looking to promote one of their immensely talented design specialists into a partnership position for the Commercial Design Department. Anyone may apply for this lucrative and highly desired position, regardless of their experience and time with the company. Do you have what it takes to see your name up on the firm's sign?


I am Monica DeCroix and I will be interviewing you and handing over your design submissions to our Judges. I look forward to making one of you a partner in our firm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


Follow all S2C Contest Rules.
Remember the rules for picture size (no bigger than 650x550 or 550x650). You may provide links to a larger image, if desired.
Sims are to be Adult/Elder only, please.
You may enter 2 Sims, however only 1 of your Sims will be allowed to participate in the final round.
Sim must be your own creation; no sim stealing/tweaking.
Minor photoshopping will be allowed (borders, resizing, cropping ONLY), but is not required.
The Nightlife expansion is not necessary to participate, but it would be beneficial.
If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. Harassment will not be tolerated.
Follow round requirements.
Please use the title bars to indicate your entry (e.g. John Doe - Application).
If in the sad event that you are unable to continue with the contest, please PM me as soon as possible.

If you are interested in being either a Judge or Emergency Judge, please PM me. If you agree to be a Judge, please remember that scoring is requested in a timely manner.


1. romyhorse (http://forums.sims2community.com/member.php?userid=141645)
2. coldfloral (http://forums.sims2community.com/member.php?u=148368)
3. pearlisthegurl (http://forums.sims2community.com/member.php?u=164978)

Emergency Judges
1. -Hoang (http://forums.sims2community.com/member.php?u=166948)
2. cistecaise (me)


Applications will be open from 25 January through the end of Round 1

Client 1 - Ms. Madison Pulchras (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1117302&postcount=26) ~ 29 January - 3 February
Client 2 - Mr. Evan Christoff (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1121264&postcount=64) ~ 5 February - 10 February
Client 3 - Mrs. Pearl Codice (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1125374&postcount=105) ~ 12 February - 17 February
Client 4 - Mr. Enzo Spumanti (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1128257&postcount=115) ~ 19 February - 23 February

*** All rounds will end on their final day at 8 PM Eastern Time (US); provided there are no requested extensions, the judges will messaged at this point and given 2 full days to complete their scoring. In the event that scores are turned in before the 2 day period, results will be posted early and the subsequent round will be posted early as well, allowing participants more time for that round ***


In each task you will be provided a basic set of guidelines provided by the client for their business needs. Each entry will require an aerial view of your layout as well as between 2-4 photos of your design. You will then provide a brief description of your design as though you were pitching it to the client. Finally you will provide short answers to an interview question by Ms. DeCroix regarding the promotion.

Each task will be evaluated for the following elements:

Suitability/Practicality - 15 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 15 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 10 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 5 points
Interview Answers - 5 points

This would net a total of 50 points. There will also be a bonus task for each round which will be worth anywhere from 1-5 points. The bonus task will include 1-2 photos of a supplementary nature to the initial task. Attempting & completing the bonus task will net you at least one point, so do go ahead and try!

The scores of each of the judges will be added together and carried forward between rounds. Eliminations will occur between rounds, however the degree and rate of such is flexible and subject to the dynamics of the contest.


What is your current position in our company? (e.g. Junior Designer, Customer Service, Architect, Purchasing, Intern, etc.)
How long have you been with our company?
What did you do before you joined us?

Please also include:

Headshot against a solid background. (May be rendered in Black & White, if desired)
Two photos showcasing your finest work. (May be residential, commercial, landscaping)


All participants in this contest who do not drop out will receive a framed company photo of their Sim for their game (provided in the Application phase).
All Judges will receive an exclusive artwork pack created by me:

The Third Place Contestant will receive two complete bedding ensembles, with recolors on ATS Sandy's Barney Bedroom Pillow Mesh (included) and Jonesi's Blanket Mesh (mesh *is* included, thanks to permission from Jonesi):

As well as a small recolor pack of assorted pillows from meshes at Simply Styling (included):

The Second Place Contestant will receive bedding accessory recolors on ATS Sandy's Barney Bedroom Pillow Mesh (included) and Jonesi's Blanket Mesh (mesh *is* included, thanks to permission from Jonesi):
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/pillows.jpg http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/blankets.jpg

The First Place participant will receive a placard featuring their new status as partner for their game & the sims used as clients in the contest (custom content may/may not be included). They will also receive some recolors of Jope's Living Room 5 from Simply Styling (meshes included):

With more fun prizes to come!

I will be working on creating some more prizes for the top three candidates as well as some potential "surprise" goodies which may be distributed throughout the contest.

Further prizes are more than welcome and if you are interested in donating a prize, please feel to PM me.

25th Jan 2008, 11:28 PM
Contest Approved
Begins 1.25.07
Ends 3.2.08

Do not post replies and/or contest applications before the contest host has checked in on this thread, or your post will be deleted.

DO NOT WRITE USELESS POSTS like "Hey cool contest, I think I might join." Reserve type posts and useless posts about coming back with an application will be deleted.

26th Jan 2008, 5:13 AM

Rosie Marques (redwing/ralph) - Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1116246&postcount=8) - Client 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1119302&postcount=52) - Client 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1122780&postcount=80) - Client 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1125947&postcount=107) - Client 4 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1129034&postcount=120)
Kendra Richards (mocha0030) - Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1116563&postcount=17) - Client 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1118284&postcount=43) - Client 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1123523&postcount=89) - Client 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1126392&postcount=108) - Client 4 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1130271&postcount=125)
Lily Williams (Gerbera) - Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1116598&postcount=20) - Client 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1117792&postcount=30) - Client 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1123472&postcount=88) - Client 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1127766&postcount=110) - Client 4 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1132362&postcount=134)

Dropped Out/Eliminated:

Kyle Goodson (kattenijin) - Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1117105&postcount=23)
Linna Reed (Remyohmy) - Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1115588&postcount=4) - Client 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1118267&postcount=41)
Breanne Chartiers (Denise0) - Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1117026&postcount=22) - Client1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1118459&postcount=45)
Everly Rademire (Cinamun) - Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1115745&postcount=5) - Client 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1118733&postcount=48)
Donnie Riccardo (mumo) - Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1116538&postcount=14) - Client 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1120335&postcount=57)
Franny Procter (I.nfectious) - Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1118194&postcount=35) - Client 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1119947&postcount=55)

27th Jan 2008, 2:23 AM
Wahoo! This contest looks fab. As do the prizes!

Here is my entry. (First! Yipee!)

Name: Linna Reed
Age: 24 Years Old
What is your current position in our company? (e.g. Junior Designer, Customer Service, Architect, Purchasing, Intern, etc.): Junior Designer
How long have you been with our company? Two years.
What did you do before you joined us?: I was a design student at RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, and graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Interior Design. I've always been interested in design, though. It just seems to come naturally!


Room 1

Room 2

27th Jan 2008, 8:40 AM
Name: Everly Rademire
Age: 32


What is your current position in our company?

Senior Project Coordinator.

How long have you been with our company?
7 Years.

What did you do before you joined us?
I manged S.I.M Interior Design LLC. Our main base was residential design, with some corporate accounts.

Here are some examples of my work:



27th Jan 2008, 12:45 PM
great entries remy and cina!

27th Jan 2008, 6:19 PM
What fabulous designs! It's a pleasure to have you working for us! I can't wait to see what you all can do for our clients!

28th Jan 2008, 12:53 AM
Name: Rosie Marques (pronounced “Marx”)
Age: 24
What is your current position in our company? Architect
How long have you been with our company? Two years
What did you do before you joined us? Graduate student




28th Jan 2008, 2:12 AM
Your rooms look lovely, Redwing!

28th Jan 2008, 3:45 AM
I'm amazed at the prizes you're offering, CisteCaste!

28th Jan 2008, 3:54 AM
the prizes are amazing!

Cin, i love how you used clutter in that bathroom shot. well done!

28th Jan 2008, 4:16 AM
Hehe, I might have gotten a little recolor happy on the prizes (and I'm still working on some more for First Place as well as special "surprise" gifts for the rounds). :)

28th Jan 2008, 2:02 PM
Thank you Summer, Ciste and Pearl! And I agree with Coldfloral, the prizes are REALLY generous! AND LOVELY!

28th Jan 2008, 3:54 PM
Name: Donnie Riccardo
Age: 28
Current Position: I am classified as a free agent or a Key Design Consultant.
How long have I been with the company? 6 years
What was I doing before I joined this Company? I tried a little modelling, but it wasn't my thing.




28th Jan 2008, 3:56 PM
Yay! Thanks for joining Mumo! I really adore your entryway!

28th Jan 2008, 4:15 PM
Thanks Ciste...So do I. lol ;)

28th Jan 2008, 4:17 PM

Name: Kendra Richards
Age: 27
What is your current position in our company? Junior Designer
How long have you been with our company? 3 years
What did you do before you joined us? While pursuing my MFA at Sim State University, I interned with famed interior designer, Lois Crumplebottom at Asimmetry Interiors.

Samples of my work


28th Jan 2008, 4:24 PM
mocha0030, thanks for joining up! Your outdoor pic just makes me want to hop through my computer screen and relax. :)

28th Jan 2008, 4:32 PM
Thank you. Your prizes are gorgeous. I see the design possibilities for them already. :)

28th Jan 2008, 5:36 PM

Name: Lily Williams
Age: 26
What is your current position in our company? Customer Service
How long have you been with our company? about 1.5 years
What did you do before you joined us? lots of mini jobs, e.g. dog sitter, saleswoman, waitress



28th Jan 2008, 10:28 PM
Gerbera, thanks for joining! Your designs look great (the blue in the first shot is spectacular)!

29th Jan 2008, 2:49 AM
Name: Breanne Chartiers

Age: 30


What is your current position in our company? I am currently a Junior Designer working my way up the ranks

How long have you been with our company? 2 years

What did you do before you joined us? I was working retail, which is where I learned of my passion for designing.

Enclosed is 2 examples of my work for your consideration


(this is an overview of a bathroom that I did, I wanted to capture the whole design so I took an overhead shot)


29th Jan 2008, 6:32 AM

Name: Kyle Goodson
Age: 35
What is your current position in our company? Architect
How long have you been with our company? One Year
What did you do before you joined us? I worked for...-ehem- whispers: that other company, you know; the one we don't mention around here because it makes senior management twitchy.

Examples of my work:



29th Jan 2008, 2:24 PM
Gerbera, thanks for joining! Your designs look great (the blue in the first shot is spectacular)!

Thank you ^^ This wall is a recolor of a Maxis wall I made myself, it was my first try *lol*

Anyways, I can't wait to get started with this contest, I am sure it will be lots of fun :D

29th Jan 2008, 4:01 PM
Denise0, I love your headshot (so pretty) and your rooms look great too!
kattenijin, thanks for joining! I adore your living room, it's so very warm and inviting!

I'm going to extend applications until the end of Round 1, due to a few requests from various people. I will post the rules and info for Round 1 today.

29th Jan 2008, 4:56 PM
Our first client we have for you is Ms. Madison Pulchras, a very popular fashion designer from Sim York. She is looking to open a retail shop for her clothing line here in Sim City and has contacted our firm to develop both the architecture and the interior design of her store.

I shall have Ms. Pulchras herself give you her specifications for this project.


The heart of my clothing line is designed for the chic city girl on the go! I do offer some accessories (such as shoes and bags, for example), but I don't require as much floorspace devoted to those products at this time.
I would like to have both a fitting area and restroom facilities that are comfortable and as stylish as the rest of the store.
As a designer myself, I understand that sometimes it is the design concept itself that defines the structure of a garment, and so should interior design. The architects in your firm will be finalizing the actual building construction based upon your designs, so the actual building layout is essentially something you can adapt to your designs as you see fit.

Company Guidelines:

Be sure to include an aerial shot of your design, as well as 4-6 free shots around the interior.
The only use of photoshop to be allowed is the addition of borders.

~ BONUS TASK (1-5 points) ~
Ms. Pulchras has expressed interest in the possibility of having a space adjoining her store in which she and her team can develop new product designs, hold small business meetings, and employees may go on breaks.

To submit a design for such a space, please include an aerial view of this space as well as 1 free shot of the room, which may be comprised of no more than 4 different images.

What are your long term career goals?
Why did you choose this career?

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?

29th Jan 2008, 7:06 PM
Great first round :D Just for clarification: The lot and building size is completely up to us, right? As well as colors and style?

29th Jan 2008, 9:19 PM
Thanks, Gerbera! You can totally control the size and shape of the building and have complete control over color scheme and style. I wanted to make this first round to be more open and give everyone a chance to let their creative minds go wild.

30th Jan 2008, 8:25 AM
This round is going to be awesome. It will be good to see everyones visions.

30th Jan 2008, 1:22 PM
click here (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/ScreenShot001.png) for the aerial (sorry, it won't let me put the picture up here, not even in reduced size)




fitting room:


view to the entry:


cash registers and espresso bar:


more pictures of the main room:

view to the fitting room (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_00000004_b4aca960.jpg), shirts (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_00000004_f4aca8ff.jpg), mannequins presenting the latest items (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_00000004_d4aca897.jpg), another mannequin (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_00000004_34aca8a7.jpg)

a picture of the "powder room" (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_00000004_b4aca9de.jpg) XD

the extra room:



What are your long term career goals? I would love to become a professional interior designer. I had a lot of fun decorating this space and I think with more even practice and studies, I'll make my dream come true!

Why did you choose this career? I had always been interested in architecture and the effect colors can have for a room. When I finally decorated my first own appartment, I discovered how interesting interior design is and how much fun it is to pick out colors, items and decor for a room. That's when I decided to work in that field.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out? I made the room very open so the light can reach every spot. In combination with the green walls it makes to room look fresh but still relaxed. Madison Pulchras' clients should be able to forget their hectic lives for a moment and just enjoy shopping. That's why I added the espresso bar, too, while trying on new shoes or waiting for their friend to get changed they can just relax a bit more, with a Latte Macchiato on a comfy couch.

30th Jan 2008, 1:51 PM
Wow, Gerbera, that was fast! Your store looks great! From your pictures, it seems to me that you have met the key specifications for the round, so you should be good to go.

I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the entries!

30th Jan 2008, 4:25 PM
Thank you, I have added links now :)
Can't wait to see the rest of the entries!

30th Jan 2008, 5:22 PM
As I've had several requests, I have updated the rules to allow for 6 judged pictures for the main task and the option of having your bonus task shot be a collage of no more than 3 images. Hopefully this will allow everyone to best show off their work.

Feel free to add links to extra shots from different angles, as they are a lot of fun to see!

31st Jan 2008, 12:02 AM
I'd like to enter this (",)

I'll get my entry in ASAP... i'm just reloading my game as I type this

31st Jan 2008, 1:01 AM
Name: Franny Procter

Age: 26 years

What is your current position in our company?: Freelance Designer

How long have you been with our company?: Being Freelance I am not (currently) exclusively employed by T&DC although over the last 18 months we have worked together closely on four or five major projects.

What did you do before you joined us?: Working hard to build up my excellent reputation as a cutting edge designer with a unique creative flair.

Head Shot:

Examples Of My Work:



31st Jan 2008, 1:46 AM
My entry is coming. I built the entire lot, exited and went back in to add some final touches and for some reason it won't open. It remains on the loading screen and the lot never opens up. So, I'm just going to build it from scratch, (which sucks) but won't take as long since I remember everything. Sorry for the delay. :(

31st Jan 2008, 2:37 AM

As you can see, I’ve started the retail shop…the exterior. Now I’ve run into a problem: I haven’t been able to find much in the way of accessories needed for a clothing store…clothes racks, display cases, and such. I don’t have Open for Business, and most of the downloads require it.

Anyone have ideas how to overcome this problem? (I don’t want to buy the EP.)

31st Jan 2008, 2:49 AM
Retailsims has pre-OFB store sets: http://retailsims.com/PreOFBShops/PREOFBShops.htm

31st Jan 2008, 3:03 AM
Thanks very much, coldfloral. I'm off to download.

31st Jan 2008, 3:48 AM
I.nfectious, what a lovely app! I really like your landscaping and the details in your bathroom shot. I look forward to seeing your entries!

mocha0030, don't feel rushed; the round is still open until 2 February. :) I can't wait to see your finished product.

Redwing, your exterior is jawdroppingly great! Aside from coldfloral's excellent suggestion of Retail Sims, I know that BlueBerry11 at MTS2 has some base game clothing rack recolors here (http://modthesims2.com/creator/BlueBerry11) and there's a base game compatible boutique set also available at MTS2 (http://modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=245829). Also, Sunair Sims (http://sunairsims.enorth.com.cn/) has pre-OFB fashion and cosmetic shops (pages 55, 53, 52). If I can think of/come across any others, I'll post them up here for you.

31st Jan 2008, 4:04 AM
Initial Task

Outside View


Shoes and Accessories

Clothing and Seating Area

Women's Fitting
Additional Pic (http://s121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/?action=view&current=ScreenShot042.jpg)

Men's Fitting

Additional Picture (http://s121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/?action=view&current=ScreenShot044.jpg)


Men's (http://s121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/?action=view&current=ScreenShot045.jpg) | Women's (http://s121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/?action=view&current=ScreenShot046.jpg)

Additional View (http://s121.photobucket.com/albums/o210/Postfanaticloser/?action=view&current=ScreenShot047.jpg)

Bonus Task
coming soon!

-What are your long term career goals? My long term career goals include becoming an experienced and classified interior designer, and then starting and managing my own private interior designing buisness.
-Why did you choose this career? I always knew I was going to be an interior designer. Even at age seven I remember wanting to coordinate everything in my bedroom. And of course it's a fun and creative outlet.
-What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out? I think my design embodies everything that the client wanted. The sophisticated changing rooms add to the feel of luxury, the use of deep purples, greens and blues forms a calming and chic aura, and the light wood, brick and paneling keep the contemporary motif.

31st Jan 2008, 4:11 AM
Remyohmy, your submission looks great! I'm especially fond of the wallpapers in the fitting areas. One thing I did notice was that I did not see a link to an aerial shot of the layout, otherwise it looks great!

31st Jan 2008, 5:14 AM
Excellent news! I tried the lot again and it worked *whew*. So here is my submission.

Exterior at night. If anyone's wondering the initials stand for Madison Pulcras - Sim City. :)

Cash register and bath & body/gift display.

Main boutique and fitting rooms (behind curtains).

Shoes, accessories and lingerie. I've also included table for light refreshments.

Customer restroom lounge area. Male and female restrooms are accessible through this room.

1st floor boutique aerial floorplan.

Bonus rooms include: conference room, employee lounge and restroom, and a private office for Ms. Pulchras accessible from the conference room. The last shot is a view of the boutique from the 2nd floor.

Additional pictures of the boutique:
Outside view - daytime (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Rnd1-OutsideDay.jpg)
Inside entrance (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Rnd1-Entrance.jpg)
Male and female restrooms (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Rnd1-Restrooms.jpg)
Lingerie (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Rnd1-Lingerie.jpg)
Shot of boutique at another angle (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Rnd1-Boutique.jpg)

Bonus close-ups:
Conference Room (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Rnd1-ConferenceRoom.jpg)
Break Room (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Rnd1-BreakRoom.jpg)
Office (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Rnd1-Office.jpg)

What are your long term career goals? My goal is to make partner at T&DC and to hopefully expand to markets beyond Sim City.

Why did you choose this career? I love design and crave creative outlets. Besides, my only other option was business, but I'm afraid of heights and helicopters mess my hair.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out? I've created a space that is clean, simple, open, and modern, but at the same time warm and inviting - achieved with the gold color palette. The interior should compliment and reflect the clients designs without overpowering them. I've also given Ms. Pulchras a private office, which was not requested, but I hope will be a pleasant addition. Her office has windows overlooking the boutique below, with a bird's eye view of the cash register.

1st Feb 2008, 4:39 PM
mocha0030, your submission looks fabulous!

With the forums having been hinky recently, I'm going to be prepared to potentially shift around the contest schedule some if people would prefer this. I hope we can get this back up and running. :)

1st Feb 2008, 7:34 PM
What are your long term career goals? I would love to stay with the company and become a Senior Designer that has her own clientele.

Why did you choose this career?I believe that I chose this career because designing comes easy to me. I love to listen to ideas that the client has and impliment them to make the client happy.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out? I think my design has functionality, it is open and modern, but understated, I did not want to make the design to busy and overwhelming.

Round 1







Dressing Room


Bonus Task
Room for Breaks and Meetings




1st Feb 2008, 9:50 PM
Denise0, your design is very lovely as well! The bathroom is so sleek and sophisticated looking!

2nd Feb 2008, 1:18 AM
Remyohmy, your submission looks great! I'm especially fond of the wallpapers in the fitting areas. One thing I did notice was that I did not see a link to an aerial shot of the layout, otherwise it looks great!

stupid me! bahaha
well I will definately get that in here soon.

2nd Feb 2008, 2:17 AM
Le Chic Boutique
The perfect shopping experience
for the hip and trendy city girl.


Upon entrance to this urban boutique you'll find the shoes and accessories on prominent display. Shoes and handbags make up this small wall space. As suggested by the client, I didn't use a lot of space in my design for these designer items, however the display of these items does not take away from their limited availiability.


To the immediate left of the entrance and shoe display is a small clothing display and floor mirror, complete with more small handbags to compliment the clothing and to show the consumer how well the styles blend with each other.


To the right is the main shopping area of our boutique. Plenty of floor space and clothing displays make up this area. I used a lot of floor space in this area as i'm sure the business will be booming. The women will be sure to have enough elbow room to look around. You'll also find some architectural detail in this area with floor to ceiling concrete columns, etched glass and a window seat with a block glass wall backdrop for waiting or chatting.



Finally, the fitting rooms complete this section of the store. Plenty of space for trying on many outfits, a seating area for lounging and perusing the latest fashion magazines and large floor to ceiling mirrors.


In the rear of the store you'll find the checkout and women's lounge and restroom.


Restrooms (http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/1378/bathroomfq5.jpg)

Aerial View of Boutique (http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/8033/aerialuz6.jpg)




Upper Left: Manager's Workspace.
Upper Right: Overstock items and storage space.
Bottom: Open-air employee lounge, Conference table for team meetings.



What are your long term career goals? I see myself as partner here very soon. I am very determined. In addition to my work here, I am also working on publication of an Interior Design magazine showcasing my work.

Why did you choose this career? I've been designing rooms for as long as I can remember. When I was a very young girl my mother bought me a doll house and several little dollies to play with. Well, instead of playing with the dolls, I found myself designing and re-designing the doll house! I made little peices of furniture from scrap wood, painted the walls, you name it!
I suppose one could say it's my calling.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?
Color! Not only do the placement of clothing racks and displays make for easy customer flow, I feel that the use of colors and textures in the walls, floors and paints capture the eyes and pulls you in to shop until you drop.

2nd Feb 2008, 2:51 AM
Cinamun, this looks great! I *love* the window seat and colors!

You all aren't going to make this easy for the judges to decide! :)

2nd Feb 2008, 4:17 AM
Well, the only reasonI entered this is beacuse I thought I had the issues with my game fixed. Obviously not. After the last time I exited the game, with no apparent problems, tonight, when I tried to boot up to finish my entry, I can hear the disk spin up......and...... pfui! Nothing! I've tried deleating the cache file already, but no go. It's getting quite tiresome. I'll be abandoning the Sims for a while, maybe when they release Free Time, it'll fix the borkenness of my game.

Good luck to you all, see you in 6 months or so!

2nd Feb 2008, 4:43 PM
kattenijin, aw, I'm sorry to hear that your game is acting up! Thanks for having entered and hopefully we'll see you again soon.

Due to the forum having been down, I'm going to push back the timeline by 24 hours. If we need a little more time than this, just let me know and I can play with the timeframes some more.

2nd Feb 2008, 7:04 PM
((Point of Order: I've had to re-register at S2C because I was unable to log in or receive a new password after the Forum was reinstated. I was redwing. I'm now ralph.))

Aerial View of Main Floor

Clockwise from lower left we have the fitting room, the restroom, the area for selling dresses and suits, stairs to the mezzanine, the area for selling tops and skirts, and office space, and then back toward the left we have the main entrance and an outside display window. Interspersed among the selling areas is comfortable seating, and there are innumerable mirrors, both free-standing and wall-installed, in all areas of the store.


View of Mezzanine (Accessories)

The mezzanine houses accessories (shoes, hats, purses, special sweaters, and such), mirrors, seating, and wonderful outside (not shown) and indoor views.


Exterior View

We were able to acquire a beautiful old building in the center of the Sim City shopping area and have converted it to two floors of selling space and a third floor for whatever uses the client wishes to put it to. The façade has been created with an eye toward attracting shoppers and all lovers of fine design.


Interior Views

Dresses & Suits

Because this area is meant to enhance and display the client’s main line of clothing, it is the most atmospheric, with both bright and subdued lighting, plants, and special architectural detailing (please note in particular the large “trellis,” which we hope might one day become a Pulchras symbol).


Tops and Skirts (on main floor)

Nearby yet apart is where separates are displayed. There is lots of browsing room and, once again, many mirrors.


Fitting Room

This room is small but fully large enough for its purpose. Again, we have tried to create a feeling of comfort and luxury.



Our unisex restroom is also small but fully functional…and we hope pleasing to use.


Bonus Task

Office Space (Design, Staff Meetings, Rest & Relaxation)

When we started thinking about this area, we thought of clutter. That seems appropriate since it is meant to be used partially for design inspiration, which formality might well inhibit. There are filing cabinets to help maintain necessary order, but the large overstuffed couch, the espresso machine, and the food (pears) speak of comfort and relaxation.



Interview Questions

What are your long term career goals? I believe in playing things by ear. Deciding today where I want to be in so-and-so many years is not for me. I love to work, and as long as I’m enjoying work and being paid a fair salary, I’m content. Should I run into an opportunity that feels right, I’ll go after it. Keep me happy, and I’ll do my best to keep you happy.

Why did you choose this career? I’ve always loved art and architecture (as a wee tot there were coloring books and toy buildings…later came dollhouses and sketchpads) and so decided to explore them in college. I loved it! When your representative came to interview prospective workers at my school, I liked what I heard. And here I am.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out? I think the most important features are my use of colors and lighting. Tone it down here, splash it up there was one of my mottos on this job. My intention was to make the client’s customers feel special. The more I could make the store emanate elegance and chic, the better. Do I need to say that everyone’s comfort and convenience were other primary concerns, as with every project?

3rd Feb 2008, 4:10 AM
ralph/redwing, your entry is beautiful! I really like your layout!

3rd Feb 2008, 5:04 AM
Thanks very much, CC.

3rd Feb 2008, 7:26 PM
omg! i'm such a clutz

I spent ages lastnight typing in my round one application but silly me pressed "preview post" instead of submit lol...

EDIT: Here's my entry...

Where time stands still in a fast paced world

Interview Questions:

* What are your long term career goals?
To continue designing as it's what I love most, and to build up my reputation further. I would also, in five years or less like to see myself as either a partner in a large successful design firm or taken the plunge and started up my own design company. I have a lot of big ideas and plans going around in my head and combined with my sheer determination to succeed I am confident that my goals will be achieved.

* Why did you choose this career?
I am a very artistic person and have painted from an early age but I didn't want to become just another struggling artist not knowing when or where my next paycheck was coming from. Being an Interior Designer gives me the financial security I need whilst still allowing me my creative release.

* What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?
I have tried to create an individual design that will work together in harmony with the Ms. Pulchras clothing line. I made sure that the floor space was well laid out and made reference to the clients notes about not needing a lot of space for accessories, choosing instead to situate key points around the store for their display rather than using up whole area's of the store. I wanted to create a homely yet stylish atmosphere where customers can take time-out from their hectic lifestyles to relax, unwind a little and enjoy their shopping experience.


Aerial View:

Shop Floor:

Additional shop floor images:

one (http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd279/In-Gutter-Art/SIMS2/snapshot_00000004_f4b179af.jpg)
two (http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd279/In-Gutter-Art/SIMS2/snapshot_00000004_f4b178e9.jpg)
three (http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd279/In-Gutter-Art/SIMS2/snapshot_00000004_34b179c4.jpg)

Fitting Room:

Additional fitting room image:
one (http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd279/In-Gutter-Art/SIMS2/snapshot_00000004_74b17cf7.jpg)

Powder Room:

Meeting & Design Room: (bonus task)

Additional meeting & design room image:
one (http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd279/In-Gutter-Art/SIMS2/snapshot_00000004_34b173e0.jpg)

Exterior View:
one (http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd279/In-Gutter-Art/SIMS2/snapshot_00000004_14b176ca.jpg)

4th Feb 2008, 12:46 AM
Technically I had slated Round 1 to end tonight at 8 PM EST (in about 15 minutes). As we're still waiting on a few entries and the forum did go down for a while, I am going to extend the deadline for at least another 2 hours (10 PM EST) and if someone needs more time than this, I can grant individual extensions.

4th Feb 2008, 6:27 AM
Welcome to Indulgent Designs...Open planned layout, for practicality. Comes with 2 fitting rooms, both Male and Female powder rooms, and plenty of floor space. There is also a nice sized room for all your designing needs.

Aerial view




This is the shop side window

What are your long term career goals? My ambition is to become a world reknown designer. Have my own company and too make the fantasy and dreams of my clients to become a reality.

Why did you choose this career? I love to design both interior and exterior. I find designing extremely fulfilling. And to see the awe in clients faces is priceless.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out? As it is a ground level company, this facilitates for the disabled, which I find gathers more buyers with this feature. The open plan layout lets the client feel less cramped and makes a more relaxed environment.

4th Feb 2008, 9:18 PM
Your entry is fabulous, Mumo! It has such a lovely aesthetic!

Round 1 and Applications are now closed for judging. Great entries everyone! I will post up the judge's scores as soon as I receive them. :)

4th Feb 2008, 11:36 PM
Ooo Mumo, your entry is lovely. Can I ask where did you get the clothes rails and mannequins from (in the last pic)?

5th Feb 2008, 12:04 AM
oh bumdiggery dog.
i didn't have time to go in and snap a pic of the aerial view.

5th Feb 2008, 11:58 PM
I've received scores from all three judges. While I set up the Second Client, feel free to download the first little prize for everyone involved: your company headshots. These are recolors of the Bella Squared Painting. I do hope you like them! If you experience any issues with acquiring the zip file, please PM me and I'll send them to you directly (otherwise just click on the image to the download link).

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/sbconnol/applicantprizes.jpg (http://rapidshare.com/files/89490269/TD_CDesigns_ApplicantPrizes.zip.html)


Linna Reed (Remyohmy)
Suitability/Practicality - 32/45
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 30/45
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 10/15
Interview Answers - 12/15
Bonus - 0
TOTAL - 84/120

Everly Rademire (Cinamun)
Suitability/Practicality - 35/45
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 38/45
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 14/15
Interview Answers - 13.5/15
Bonus - 8
TOTAL - 108.5/120

Rosie Marques (redwing/ralph)
Suitability/Practicality - 36/45
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 30/45
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 13/15
Interview Answers - 13/15
Bonus - 6
TOTAL - 98/120

Donnie Riccardo (mumo)
Suitability/Practicality - 34/45
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 32/45
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 12/15
Interview Answers - 11/15
Bonus - 4
TOTAL - 93/120

Kendra Richards (mocha0030)
Suitability/Practicality - 37/45
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 38/45
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 13/15
Interview Answers - 12/15
Bonus - 6
TOTAL - 106/120

Lily Williams (Gerbera)
Suitability/Practicality - 38/45
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 42/45
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 15/15
Interview Answers - 13/15
Bonus - 8
TOTAL - 116/120

Breanne Chartiers (Denise0)
Suitability/Practicality - 35/45
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 30/45
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 13/15
Interview Answers - 11/15
Bonus - 7
TOTAL - 96/120

Franny Procter (I.nfectious)
Suitability/Practicality - 34/45
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 33/45
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 12/15
Interview Answers - 13/15
Bonus - 7
TOTAL - 99/120

Everyone did a very lovely job on this task

Linna Reed (Remyohmy) - I'm sorry to see you go, but we will be PMing you with a small prize for your work so far. I'll have your gift sent to you by 8 AM EST tomorrow. Thank you so much for participating!

6th Feb 2008, 1:27 AM
thanks to all the judges. :) i got much better scores than i expected. thank you for the prize, Ciste. Kendra will proudly display it in her home. congrats to everyone moving forward. u guys are stiff competition.

*anxiously awaiting next round*

6th Feb 2008, 1:34 AM
Thanks for those scores judges! You wowed me! And thanks for the prizes Ciste! I love how the headshots turned out. Looking forward to round 2 :)

6th Feb 2008, 2:45 AM
Our second client we have for you is Mr. Evan Christoff, a self-made entertainment mogul here in the tri-county area. He owns multiple clubs, lounges, and entertainment venues and is looking to further extend his business in the hip and growing channelside area near Wright Bay. He is currently interested in two different properties and has contracted our services to help him decide not only on a design plan but also in selecting the property best suited for his new business, Absolute Zero.

I shall have Mr. Christoff himself give you his specifications for this project.


I'm currently torn between two prime locations. One location is brand new and located within a small entertainment centre while the other is in an old 1920s vaudeville house. I'd like to have you select a single location and develop a design for that building.
The exterior walls, stairwells, and any window locations are fixed, however these elements may be redesigned to suit your design. Interior walls and architectural elements may be added/removed as desired. The stage area in the vaudeville building is also subject to changes if you so desire.
I need an entrance/greeting area for customers to be processed by my staff.
My entertainment venues are known for their exclusive and comfortable VIP areas; this location should be no exception. I would like to see this VIP section have its own private bathrooms and refreshment area.

Floorplans Available:

1) A brand new building located in a strip of shops and restaurants along the waterside of Wright Bay.

First Floor:

Second Floor:

2) A 1920s vaudeville theatre located near an upscale shopping center and the Port of Sim City (launching point for many cruise ships to Twikki Island).

First Floor:

Second Floor:

Company Guidelines:

Be sure to include an aerial shot of your design, as well as up to 8 free shots around the interior.
The only use of photoshop to be allowed is the addition of borders.
Please include some detailed descriptions of your design for each judged shot provided.

~ BONUS TASK (1-5 points) ~
Mr. Evan Christoff would also like to see our ideas for a flyer/poster advertising Absolute Zero. The flyer should include an exterior shot of the club, along with a montage of no more than 4 interior image shots. The rest of the flyer design is up to you, however please make sure that it properly echoes the overall theme of the club itself. There are no photoshopping limitations for this task, so feel free to totally flex and exercise your creativity.


Tell me about a challenging situation you have faced. What was the situation and how did you cope with it?

The ability to work independently within a structured team is essential to the position. This will require the successful applicant to be self-starting, able to prioritise tasks, be a good communicator, as well as showing considerable initiative. Can you give us some examples where you have worked within a team environment and demonstrated these abilities?

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?

6th Feb 2008, 2:50 AM
What a great round! I scored way better than I thought I would. Round two is going to be so much fun!!!!

6th Feb 2008, 3:19 AM
1. Does this challenge require Bon Voyage? I notice both locations are waterfront properties, and I don't have Bon Voyage. :(

6th Feb 2008, 3:20 AM
Round 2 sounds super. One question re the following specification:

"The exterior walls, stairwells, and any window locations are fixed, however these elements may be redesigned to suit your design."

I'm not clear on whether the wall, stairwells, and window locations (1) are fixed or (2) may be redesigned. Please clarify.

Thanks much.

6th Feb 2008, 3:50 AM
mocha0030 - Oh they don't have to be actual waterfront in your layout, so no Bon Voyage is necessary; I added that bit for flair and verisimilitude, as I'm basing the buildings off of real world ones of which I know. Sorry about that.

ralph - The pre-existing walls, stairwells, and window locations must be the same, but you can change the look of them. So if there is a single set of stairs in a specific position, there must be stairs in that same spot for your design, but they can look however you'd like; or if the floorplan indicates a double door, there must be a two-square wide opening of some sort in that position.

Does that help? My wording can be rather clunky at times (especially as of late, what with my brain running on very little sleep).

6th Feb 2008, 4:08 AM
Thanks, CC. It wasn't your wording that was clunky...it was my uncomprehending brain.

6th Feb 2008, 5:33 AM
thanks for the clarification.

versimilitude, huh? ha - i like the sound of that word. *going to look it up* :)

Another question: How long is the left side of the 2nd floor in the first floorplan (section overlooking the first floor)? It doesn't appear to run the full length of the 1st floor, but there are no grid lines to measure. Is the grey area on the far left of the 2nd floor the 1st floor roof? I'm terrible at reading top-down floorplans.

Also, I understand existing exterior door/windows are static, but are we allowed to add additional doors/windows to the exterior walls. The ones provided are somewhat sparse.

Apologies if I'm asking silly or too many questions. This is my very first contest.

6th Feb 2008, 5:08 PM
Oh wow, I can't believe my eyes :O

Thank you, judges. And thank you, CisteCaiste, for the paintings :)

The next round looks very interesting and challenging. I can't wait to get started :D

6th Feb 2008, 8:53 PM
mocha0030, ask away! This is my first time running a contest, so I comepletely understand how you feel. :)

The left wall of the 2nd floor of the first floorplan is also 17 squares in length and that is a roof on that side of the floorplan as well. Sorry that I didn't think to label it (schoolwork has eaten my brain completely, I swear). The roof can be changed in color, shape, etc (I probably should have mentioned that specifically in the specifications).

Additional windows and doors may be added to the exterior walls and interior walls/windows/doors/fencing/etc may also be added.

7th Feb 2008, 5:07 AM
Posted by CC on 2/7: "Additional windows and doors may be added to the exterior walls and interior walls/windows/doors/fencing/etc may also be added."

Oh, no! I read the instructions as being that additional windows and doors may NOT be added to the exterior. Plus the second floor is half roof over the first floor? I thought the left part of the first floor was two-story. So there's a balcony over the roof? Shoot! Oh, well...I'm over half done, so I'm not going to start over, right? The question now is do I finish what I started despite this "new" information or drop out?

7th Feb 2008, 4:08 PM
Oh boy, I guess I really messed up in wording this exercise.

The left most six squares on the top floor are the roof. The solid, darker grey next to the balcony is actually open space over the first floor. The balcony creates an edge where the second floor tiles end.

Please don't drop out because of my inability to properly describe things. I'm taking extensive notes on what not to do in the future so I don't make mistakes like this again.

7th Feb 2008, 6:42 PM
CC...I still don't understand just what your plans are meant to depict. Whatever that may be, will you please let me know whether the unfinished designs in the following shots fall under your specifications?

First floor:


Second floor:


(I'm sorry the pics aren't larger...S2C wouldn't allow me to post larger images???)

7th Feb 2008, 6:52 PM
Ralph, that looks just fine!

I'm so sorry about my inability to properly explain what I intended for this round. Future rounds will be more along the lines of the first task, as I seemed to have been more able to articulate myself better in this case.

7th Feb 2008, 9:22 PM
Ralph, that looks just fine!

I'm so sorry about my inability to properly explain what I intended for this round. Future rounds will be more along the lines of the first task, as I seemed to have been more able to articulate myself better in this case.

CC...good. I'll keep working on the nightclub then.

And I wouldn't have used the term "inarticulate." I don't know how to read your plans...which isn't necessarily your fault. From my point of view, I needed additional labeling. And I'm not concerned about future rounds...based on what the judges thought of my first design, I don't expect to be around for them.

8th Feb 2008, 10:45 PM
My pics are all within the specified size of 650x550. But I still cannot upload them here.

I get this message:

"The filesize limit for inline images is 175kb. Please reduce the size of your image."

Please clarify/explain/instruct. (I do not know what "175 kb" is.)


(P.S.: Also, it's been over 24 hours since my previous post, so I assume it's OK to double-post under these circumstances.)

Edit: Thanks to help from Romyhorse, I've resolved the sizing problem.

8th Feb 2008, 11:56 PM
ralph - Do you have photoshop or the GIMP (or one of those other graphics editing programs? If so, you can use those programs to adjust the file size smaller, while retaining the physical dimensions. If you can provide a link your images, I can compress them smaller for you.

9th Feb 2008, 1:18 AM

The following descriptions of the design cover all the shots provided.

The name Absolute Zero suggests the following colors: blue, silver, white, and black, so those are the colors I’ve chosen to use for the principal color scheme. The name also calls to mind ice, that is, frozen water…and so (and also because the club’s location is near the banks of Wright Bay) water has been incorporated prominently into this design via a falling waters sculpture (reception area), a large fountain (first floor), and an indoor pond (first floor VIP). Chandeliers were chosen for their complementary presentation.

Aerial Views:

First Floor


The front doors (glass) open onto the reception room, which has seating and considerable space for comfort. Additional glass doors lead from reception to (on the left) the main “common” room (for regular customers) and (on the right) to the first-floor VIP room. In the room to the left are music facilities (the DJ’s equipment and juke boxes for use during DJ breaks). There are also booths and banquettes and a long bar with seating. Many people like to stand around in clubs when not dancing, but I find that just as many like to have comfortable seating. The stairs in the lower right-hand corner of this room lead to restrooms (and only restrooms…the remainder of the second floor is VIP space). The restrooms are to the left (south in the aerial view) and right of the restroom lobby area. Again, a lot of seating. Please note that all VIP space is unavailable to regular clientele.

Through the reception room doors on the right is the first-floor VIP area, including a restroom lobby (behind glass doors) and women’s and men’s restrooms, one to the left and one to the right…plus, again (cf. the “common” room), considerable seating and a large bar with seating. Music from the DJ facilities and the juke boxes is piped throughout Absolute Zero. Up the stairs (lower right) is the second-floor VIP room, where there is another bar with seating and booths and banquettes. Here is where well-known (and perhaps other soon-to-be-known) pianists/singers perform for the VIPs. Behind this room (to the left) are the restrooms for regular clientele (see the description of those facilities above).

Second Floor




Club Interior Views:

Greeting Area at Entrance


First-Floor Views




View of Second-Floor VIP Room


View of First-Floor VIP Room and Lobby of VIP Restrooms


Links to Views of Restrooms

VIP Restrooms
Restrooms for Regular Clientele (on second floor) (http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a325/tyronepower/ScreenShot1160a.jpg)




It’s ralph writing this. Rosie is exhausted from working on this design. She’s sleeping. I’m sure she’ll forgive me if I don’t take this interview very seriously.

Tell me about a challenging situation you have faced. What was the situation and how did you cope with it? One such situation occurred when Rosie was visiting prospective in-laws in Connecticut. She and her boyfriend Pierponte (they broke up a few weeks later when he spilled a malted on her new cashmere sweater) were playing ping-pong with neighbors. No one was very good at it, but all were approaching it enthusiastically. Well, after a particularly strong shot by one of the neighbors, Rosie swung at the ball, whiffed it, and then stepped on it, crushing it. Talk about a challenging situation! It was ghastly, simply ghastly! After all, Pierponte’s mother and father were watching the match. Well, undaunted, Rosie marched to the cupboard and, believe it or not, secured a new ping-pong ball. The game then continued…beautifully.

The ability to work independently within a structured team is essential to the position. This will require the successful applicant to be self-starting, able to prioritize tasks, be a good communicator, as well as showing considerable initiative. Can you give us some examples where you have worked within a team environment and demonstrated these abilities? Rosie is a whiz at this. For example, Rosie used to be a member of a women’s football team. One autumn Saturday, she was the only member of the Stalwarts to show up at the field. It really looked like the opposing Bobcats would win in a walkover. But not so fast. Rosie ran onto the field (the crowd in the stands went wild), won the coin toss, kicked the ball to the opponents’ five-yard line, knocked the ball out of the hands of a Bobcat punt returner, recovered it, and weaved and jostled the length of the field for a touchdown. Then, after the Bobcats turned over the ball on their first possession, Rosie hiked the ball to herself, athletically avoided defenders, passed the ball deep to herself in the end zone, and kicked the extra point. The Stalwarts easily won the game. The next week with all her returning teammates providing a pure team environment, Rosie did it all over again! You just can’t go wrong with this woman.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out? Please refer to the design notes above where Rosie explains it all. Now I’m exhausted, too.

9th Feb 2008, 1:25 AM
Oh, ralph, it's beautiful!

9th Feb 2008, 2:27 PM
I know the round ends today, but would it be possible to get one more day? This week has been very busy for me and I am not even close to being finished with my entry. I chose to do the Vaudeville and it is so huge that it takes quite a while to fill it ^^

9th Feb 2008, 3:59 PM
Gerbera, I'll do a 24 hour extension, no problem. :)

9th Feb 2008, 4:24 PM
Thank you so much :D

9th Feb 2008, 4:40 PM
WOW you guys those look great! I hate to do it Ciste because I love the concept of this, but I may have to drop (rare for me). I was downloading CC for this and something borked my game. I've spent the last couple nights weeding it out. Not sure if i'll have it fixed by the deadline. I do apologize.

9th Feb 2008, 6:04 PM
WOW you guys those look great! I hate to do it Ciste because I love the concept of this, but I may have to drop (rare for me). I was downloading CC for this and something borked my game. I've spent the last couple nights weeding it out. Not sure if i'll have it fixed by the deadline. I do apologize.

Yep, it's looking the same for me too. I've been having problems on/off for two weeks now. I thought i'd got it sorted by getting more RAM but my game still keeps crashing, next on my list is a new graphics card, but that will have to wait until payday at the end of the month :-(

I'll try to get it in by the deadline. I have the building built and decorated but it needs furnishing.

9th Feb 2008, 8:45 PM
How much longer do you think you'll need? I can always fiddle with the overall timeline and allow for even more than the 24 hours, if need be.

10th Feb 2008, 11:34 AM
Absolute Zero

the entry area:
This is where the staff can welcome the guests, a luxurious and spacey room to give the best first impression. There are also stairs leading up to the VIP floor. If VIPs prefer to enter secretly, the VIP floor does also have an extra entry.


stairs to the upper floor:
The old stairs were quite shabby so I decided to replace them with elegant spiral ones. Under the stairs is some old furniture we found in the basement of the Vaudeville during the renovations, it looks quite decorative and can serve as a place for resting.


lower floor main room:
Open and elegant, the dance floor is surrounded by columns to divide it a bit from the rest of the room. There's also some seating area, but since we want the people to dance and not to sit, there's not too much seating ;)


stage (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_0000000f_b4bb05a8.jpg)

Simple, but with enough space for two or three baristas. The mirrors behind the bar are a classic I couldn't resist.


lower floor bathrooms (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_0000000f_54b9e626.jpg)

upstairs main room:
Also very open, with enough space to sit and talk or listen to the piano. There's also lots of floor space left if people decide to dance.




secluded room for special VIPs:
The VIPs among the VIPs will be seated here, for the extra special feeling. Or Mr. Christoff could just relax here a bit.


upstairs refreshment rooms (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_0000000f_54bb04bf.jpg)


downstairs (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/ScreenShot021.png)

upstairs (VIP floor) (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/ScreenShot022.png)

Bonus Task:


Interview Questions:

Tell me about a challenging situation you have faced. What was the situation and how did you cope with it?
When I applied for a job at T&DC Designs, I actually wanted to become an interior designer. But I had just finished my studies and lacked practical experience. So I got offered the position of in costumer service. That was not what I had expected, but I realized it was a good start to work in my desired carreer, so I took the position after some contemplating. It seems as if I now have the chance to make my dream come true ...

The ability to work independently within a structured team is essential to the position. This will require the successful applicant to be self-starting, able to prioritize tasks, be a good communicator, as well as showing considerable initiative. Can you give us some examples where you have worked within a team environment and demonstrated these abilities?
As I have already mentioned in my application, I used to have several different jobs while I was still a student. One of these was the job of a waitress. While it is a common job among students, it's also probably one of the hardest. You have to be fast and accurate, if your clients are unsatisfied you won't get a tip - and that's what waitresses live on - or, even worse, they tell your boss. The diner where I was working was always over-filled with clients, and we were only 3 waitresses. I think the year I have worked there was one of the most important in my life, I learned how to deal with all kinds of clients, to be fast and yet "perfect", and when and how to help out co-workers.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?
Since this building has had a long history, I decided to keep it's style. The outsides only got minor changes, to save its well-know look. Insides I kept some of the old interiors, floors and walls. The main colors are browns and reds, they are elegant and soothing. In combination with the sleek interiors I created a modern yet timeless look, and also a bridge to the architecture of the 1920s.
The building has two separate floors, each with its own entry. The lower floor is open to all guests while the upper one is even more luxurious and reserved for VIPs. Still both floors connect, not only because of the stairs between them but also because of the style.

10th Feb 2008, 1:41 PM
Well, here's my entry. I hope you like.

The club and restaurant entrances. The photo also includes a close-up of the outdoor sign.


The reception area, which provides a coat check and ATM machine (behind camera), was designed in white marble with silver accents. Marble columns, silver leaf artwork, and chandeliers complete the luxurious setting.


Just inside the nightclub, facing the dance floor and lounge area in the back. The nightclub's color scheme is black, white, and purple. Strategic lighting enhances the color scheme. The elevated DJ booth (to the right) can be easily transformed into a small stage for live performances.


The raised lounge features the latest trend in nightclubs - daybeds - to give not-so-VIP patrons the VIP treatment. The columned railing and back walls are draped in sheer white curtains, giving the lounge area a completely different aesthetic from the rest of club. Each daybed "booth" is partially separated, and can be reserved for an additional charge at the owners discretion.


The VIP area follows the same color scheme of the main floor, except seating and daybeds are upholstered in black leather. Large picture windows draped in sheers overlook the bay. This area also has daybeds separated from the main seating area with sheer panels.


The VIP mens room is tiled in grey tumbled travertine tile with hints of green and pink, providing a very masculine and relaxing environment. The counters and bathroom doors are white painted wood with granite countertops.


The VIP ladies room is tiled in pink tumbled travertine with orange undertones. I used cherry wood counters and doors/trim to compliment the warm color of the tiles. Notice the copper colored sink basin, which blends perfectly with the decor.


I've also incorporated space for a small informal dining room, with access from the street and nightclub.


Patrons can enjoy a quick game of pool while waiting for a table or if they want to take a break from dancing. Two pool tables are located in the restaurant waiting area.


Bonus: Nightclub Flyer


Additional Pictures:

1ST Floor Aerial (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-1stFloor.jpg)

2nd Floor Aerial (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-2ndFloor.jpg)

Reception area (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-Reception2.jpg)

Club interior

Picture 1 (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-Nightclub.jpg) - View from the back of the nightclub, facing the bar, restaurant entrance and VIP balcony above.

Picture 2 (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-Nightclub3.jpg) - View of the nightclub from the VIP balcony.

Nightclub bar (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-NightclubBar.jpg) - Mirrors and shelves were installed on the back wall, as well as the VIP bar. Both bars are stocked with a large variety of top shelf liquor, and come equipped with soda machines, sinks, and flat screen televisions, where patrons can view the game or music videos.

Nightclub ladies' room (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-NightclubRestroom.jpg) - Decorated in basic black and white tile. All bathrooms have hand dryers and all ladies rooms have a personal hygiene dispenser. The nightclub men's room is identical, except one wall is lined with urinals.

DJ Booth and Dance Floor (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-DJBooth.jpg) - A state-of-the-art sound system was installed, with speakers strategically placed in the main nightclub and VIP area. The floors (grey hardwood) are also in both bar areas and the elevated lounge.

VIP area

Picture 1 (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-VIP4.jpg) - Closeup of VIP daybeds. Tall banana trees and violet tulips enhance the decor.

Picture 2 (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-VIP3.jpg) - View from daybed area facing the hall leading to bathrooms, entrance, and additional seating. Floor plan was kept open to accommodate dancing/mingling. A glass block wall was installed to separate the VIP room from the stairwell.

VIP Bar close-up. (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/AO/Rnd2-VIPBar.jpg)

Interview questions

1. Tell me about a challenging situation you have faced. What was the situation and how did you cope with it?
During my internship at Assimmetry Interiors, I assisted with a huge client remodel, and was assigned the design of the kitchen/dining room. The plans were approved, but I made an error and had the contractor knock down a load bearing wall. Luckily, I caught my error immediately and we were able to save the wall. The wall happened to be in terrible shape and the defects were hidden behind years of plaster and paint. We would not have known if not for my error. So we were able to fix it and the project was completed successfully.

2. The ability to work independently within a structured team is essential to the position. This will require the successful applicant to be self-starting, able to prioritise tasks, be a good communicator, as well as showing considerable initiative. Can you give us some examples where you have worked within a team environment and demonstrated these abilities?
My time at T&DC has been invaluable in my professional and personal development. As a junior designer, I am responsible for assisting the Lead Designer and Architects of my department by anticipating their needs, as well as drafting my own designs. My design for the new housing complex in Verona was chosen out of 7 other designers.

3. What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?
1. The addition of a restaurant and pool area.
2. The layout and easy flow between areas.
3. Restrooms are off the beaten path, with hallways and do not open up directly into any of the main spaces.
4. The decor is understated and elegant, sure to attract an upscale clientele.

10th Feb 2008, 5:41 PM
Gerbera, I just adore the way the building's architecture is reflected so nicely in the interior design!

mocha0030, I'm utterly floored! I like the way you used the raised areas and how you've described the rooms and your design choices!

10th Feb 2008, 8:58 PM
Thank you :D I have completed my entry now. The question were hard *lol*

I can't wait for the next task (if I make this round, that is), doing the entry for this round was a lot of fun!

10th Feb 2008, 9:45 PM
I am so sorry I am going to have to drop out, My kids have had the stomach flu, and I havent had the time to do much of anything :(

Good Luck Everyone!

10th Feb 2008, 11:08 PM
Thank you. I agree with Gerbara - this round was very challenging (especially the questions!) and a lot of fun. Hopefully the judges and Mr. Christoff will like, so I can move on to the next round. Is it OK that I used sims in the flyer? If not, I can do it over.

I hope your kids feel better Denise.

10th Feb 2008, 11:15 PM
Denise, I understand and I hope that your kids get to feeling better soon!

mocha0030, your flyer looks great! Since it's a bonus task, there weren't any "real" rules for it at all, so the sims are just fine!

Glad to hear that you guys enjoyed this task (at least once we got all my wording/floorplan issues ironed out)!

11th Feb 2008, 5:51 AM
My pictures will be up in a couple of hours. I am juggling a really sick child at the moment and RL, but they will be up.

11th Feb 2008, 6:07 AM
I've officially closed Round 2 for judging. I'm going to PM the judges for their scores.

As there are only 3 of you left at this point, would you all prefer to have this be the final, deciding round for prizes or would you prefer to undertake another task?

11th Feb 2008, 5:51 PM
I would love to do another task, because this has been a lot of fun, but it is your decision. Another round means more work for you.

I am really sorry about all those drop-outs :(

11th Feb 2008, 5:56 PM
awwww. i'm sorry so many dropped out in your first contest. :( i'm disappointed because i was enjoying it even though (to be honest) i didn't realize this was a "commercial" design contest until after you posted the 1st round. i was so excited about joining a decorating contest i missed the "commercial" part. but it turned out to be a lot of fun and very challenging.

your the host, so i'm OK with whatever you decide.

here's an idea. since the 3 of us stuck it out - how about giving all of us the first prize. LOL :D

11th Feb 2008, 6:02 PM
*lol* Mocha, nice idea XD

11th Feb 2008, 7:25 PM
I'll vote for another round or two. It's been a lot of work to finish the extensive rounds but, and more importantly, lots of fun.

11th Feb 2008, 10:09 PM
I've got no problem in running another round or two; I technically have the basic tasks already figured out, so as long as you want to do them, we can go for it.

mocha, Hmm.... that is an idea... I have been doing quite a few recolors lately (none of which I've shared yet), so perhaps I can give you three more prizes even? As a reward for sticking it out?

11th Feb 2008, 11:58 PM
Great! re more rounds.

And Great! re the prizes. Can't imagine anyone not being very pleased to receive all those wonderful prizes. Thanks, CC. :beer:

12th Feb 2008, 1:37 AM
so what's the next task? :)

13th Feb 2008, 3:43 AM

Rosie Marques (ralph)
Suitability/Practicality - 34/45 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 33/45 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 26/30 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 14/15 points
Interview Answers - 9/15 points
Bonus - 10
TOTAL - 126/150 points

Kendra Richards (mocha0030)
Suitability/Practicality - 40/45 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 39/45 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 27/30 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 14/15 points
Interview Answers -12/15 points
Bonus - 12 points
TOTAL - 144/150 points

Lily Williams (Gerbera)
Suitability/Practicality - 37/45 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 39/45 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 25/30 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 13/15 points
Interview Answers - 13/15 points
Bonus - 10 points
TOTAL - 137/150 points


Overall Totals Thus Far:

Lily Williams (Gerbera) - 242/270 points
Kendra Richards (mocha0030) - 250/270 points
Rosie Marques (ralph) - 224/270 points

13th Feb 2008, 4:05 AM
Our third client we have for you is Mrs. Pearl Codice, wife of the CEO of Codice Publishing Paul Codice. Mrs. Codice has always wanted to open up a cozy bookstore and cafe and has recently inquired about the possibility of our firm helping her achieve this goal. Much like Ms. Puclhras before, Mrs. Codice has also requested your architectural services as part of her contract with us.

I shall have Mrs. Codice herself give you her specifications for this project.


I would really like to have one of those trendy new bookstore/cafes that are so popular these days. The cafe should be located in the same building as the bookstore proper, but I would like to request that there be a distinct separation between the two areas (out of concern for my books, you see).
My muffins have actually won several baking competitions and I would like to have the cafe area serve a small selection of baked goods in addition to the usual standards of coffees and teas. As a result, there needs to be a small kitchen/prep area for my staff to cook in located adjacent to the cafe.
I would like the restrooms to be located near the cafe area, to encourage customers to wash up both before and after dining (again, I am thinking of the books).
My husband and I fully believe in engaging children in reading as early as possible, so I would like to have an area of the store designated for children's books. This area should be very child-friendly and perhaps even have a little area in which we can stage book readings for the little ones.

Company Guidelines:

Be sure to include an aerial shot of your design, as well as up to 6 free shots around the interior.
The only use of photoshop to be allowed is the addition of borders.
Please include some detailed descriptions of your design for each judged shot provided.

~ BONUS TASK (1-5 points) ~
Through her husband's business connections, Mrs. Codice anticipates having several authors come to the store for book signings and events as well as local celebrities to participate in the children's reading activities. Mrs. Codice has indicated that a green room (private waiting area) would be a nice addition to the store where such noted guests can relax and prepare away from the public eye. A private watercloset would be required for the green room as well.

Please provide 2-4 shots of the green room area for the bonus task.


I would be interested to hear about an occasion when your work or an idea was criticized, what was criticized, who criticized you, and how did you handle it?

Describe the best manager you ever had. The worst. What qualities did each of them have?

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?

13th Feb 2008, 2:32 PM
thank you to the judges. :)

this round is going to be FUN! and shouldn't be too hard to find cc for. ;)

14th Feb 2008, 9:29 AM

First is the aerial shot. On the left is the bookstore. The front doors are on the lower wall (as viewed in the picture), centered on the steps from the sidewalk. Doors on the bookstore’s right-hand wall lead to a hallway off of which are the café and the two restrooms. The doors on the right-hand wall of the café lead to the kitchen, which is fully equipped. There are no additional shots of the kitchen (a maximum of seven shots including the aerial shot are supplied), but if you have good eyesight, you will be able to note that there are tea- and coffeemakers, muffins, pies, and assorted pastries, two stoves (one with a range hood) with ovens, a large refrigerator, two sinks, a dishwasher, and a trash compactor.


Following is an exterior view of the front of the store. It is expected that further landscaping will be desired.


Next is a picture of the interior of the bookstore. There are several central bookcases in addition to the many along the walls. (Please also see the seventh photo below.) On the left are upholstered chairs and the entry to the children’s section. Next in this shot is the checkout counter (with chairs, phone, computer, etc.). The front door is visible on the right.


Following is a view of the children’s section. Of course there are books. Additionally there are a desk for book readings, pillows on the floor (in general, children love to sit on the floor) and a built-in couch, and pictures that are meant to interest children (you may also catch a glimpse of these pictures in the previous shot).


Here we have a view of the café. Clockwise from top left are a planter, a fireplace, tables and chairs, a table offering coffee refills and fruit, and a large built-in couch. To the left is the hallway mentioned above.


Next is a view of the restrooms. The men’s room is on the left, the ladies’ on the right.


Last is another view of the bookstore. Note that the first thing a customer encounters are guides to the layout of the store (located on the pedestals). Plus to the left of the front doors is a newspaper rack. Please also refer to the picture of the bookstore and its description above.



Green Room w/Restroom: In aerial photo, clockwise from upper left…Restroom, and on to the green room: bookcase, couch with attached table, chair, mini-refrigerator with plant sitting on it, TV set.




I would be interested to hear about an occasion when your work or an idea was criticized, what was criticized, who criticized you, and how did you handle it? Long before I received poor scores for practicality and beauty in previous rounds here, I was criticized by George Walker Bush aka Dubya when I told him that I thought he should end the Iraq war NOW! and then resign his position, all his positions. I handled it by spitting on the floor of the oval office, executing a snappy about-face, and goose-stepping out. Most surprisingly, he has yet to resign.

Describe the best manager you ever had. The worst. What qualities did each of them have? The best manager I ever had was Bubba Spears. He really liked me and often patted me on the butt. The worst manager I ever had was short, husky, bald, and nearsighted and spoke with a southern accent. I’ve forgotten his name, but I can still smell his breath. He was the only manager in the northern conference who never won a game.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?
Begging your pardon, I think this is an unnecessary question. Everything I consider noteworthy is already mentioned above in the descriptions.

15th Feb 2008, 1:26 AM
Before I begin, let me first....

ROFL @ Ralph's interview answers, and compliment him on his gorgeous design... :) Now back to my entry...



1st Floor Floorplan - The bookstore is located on the left. The cafe and restrooms are on the right, and as per the client's request, have been clearly separated from the bookstore. However, instead of closing the areas off with doors, I've installed an arch, to fill the bookstore with the aromas of the cafe. Research suggests that the smell of baked goods increase sales. In addition to the cafe there is an outdoor patio for patrons to enjoy a book and refreshments when the weather is nice. I've also installed a full service kitchen. In addition to the stairs an elevator has been installed for wheelchair accessibility to the 2nd floor.


2nd Floorplan - The children's section is located at the top left, and green room and water room located at the bottom left. An information kiosk is located to the right of the elevator/stairs, where customers can make inquiries and special order out-of-stock merchandise.


View of the first floor beyond the entrance. The bookshelves, display tables and wall paneling are finished in red-stained walnut. To balance the dark wood, the walls were painted white with walnut kick, chair, and crown moulding. The oak hardwood floors done in a herringbone pattern have walnut inlay borders. On both floors, window seats with comfortable pillows are located in the corners and along the front windows of the store. Hanging signs were installed for customers to easily identify specific sections/genres.


View of the second floor at the elevator. The 2nd floor decor mimics the 1st floor. Tables and posters displaying bestsellers and sale items are strategically located throughout the store and at the ends of most aisles.


The children's section is decorated with bright colors, stuffed animals and playful wall mural. The forward facing books on the shelves provide easy access for little hands. Per the clients request, there is ample seating for storytelling. There's also a desk for coloring/drawing and a small toybox.


Cafe - All furniture including the counters are cherry wood to blend with the bookstore. The seafoam walls have cream wainscoting, and cream stone tiling on the floors. A display counter was installed for Mrs. Codice's muffins and other baked goods. Sufficient back counter space is provided for condiments, an espresso, coffee, and soda machine. Behind the wall on the right is a short hall leading to the restrooms.


The full service kitchen comes with fridge, sink, garbage disposal (off camera), stove, dishwasher, and ample counter space. Decor is crisp black and white tile walls and linoleum flooring.


Decorated in red coral and cream, the "green" room is welcoming and inviting. Equipped with a 46" flat screen TV, stereo, telephone, full-length mirror and buffet table (with an assortment of drinks and deserts) special guests have all the necessities to unwind and relax prior to a book signing or storytelling session.


The green room water closet is tastefully decorated in beige travertine tile with a navy border.


Check Out (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Bookstore/Rnd3-Register.jpg) - Counters are finished in walnut. This area also has a magazine rack. Note the arched entry to the cafe in back.

Information kiosk (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Bookstore/Rnd3-Kiosk.jpg)

Greenroom (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Bookstore/Rnd3-Greenroom2.jpg)


1. I would be interested to hear about an occasion when your work or an idea was criticized, what was criticized, who criticized you, and how did you handle it?
When I interned at Asymmetry Design, Mrs. Crumplebottom criticized the improper scale of sketches that I drew of for a bathroom remodel. I respectfully accepted her criticism and now diligently practice the golden rule of "measure twice, 'draw' once."

2. Describe the best manager you ever had. The worst. What qualities did each of them have?
My best manager was a mentor. I learned a great deal from him. He always commended a job well done, and was diplomatic and tactful with criticism. He gave CLEAR job assignments, and never micro-managed. My worst manager was condescending, and never provided me with a job description, which made knowing what was expected of me difficult.

3. What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?
I feel my design hits on all the key elements. I believe the design adheres to all the client's wishes: the cafe is separate from bookstore and provides cooking facilities, restrooms are located near the cafe, the children's section is child-friendly providing space for book readings. The design is elegant, yet inviting incorporating rich wood with lots of cozy seating around the perimeter of the bookstore, bright cheery colors in the children's section, and a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing greenroom for celebrity guests. Practical elements include the size of the bookstore, which is large enough to accommodate all of the client's books and provide customers with a wide selection without being so large it feels like a chain store, ceiling signs to direct customers, wheelchair accessibility to the 2nd floor, and the outdoor patio.

15th Feb 2008, 10:02 PM
Wow, ralph and mocha! Your designs look great! (I loved your interview answers, ralph; they're hysterical!)

17th Feb 2008, 3:05 PM
~Round 3~

This is the entry area, where also the cash registers are and costumers can ask for information.


From there, you can enter the children's area or the adult's area, or go upstairs where the café is.

This is the children's area, with lots of seating space, small bookcases and lots of color.


There's also a stage where authors can present their latest works.


This area is connected with the adult's area.

Here I used warm colors to make the room inviting, and to add a comfortable feeling to the room.


I made sure to add some couches where costumers can sit down and read a bit of the book the plan on buying.

Upstairs there's the café area.

This is the waiter's desk, in the background you can see wall shelfs that are full with the latest books and some favorites, to entertain people that drink their tea or coffee here.


A small selection of the baked goods is offered next to the kitchen / preparation area. Here the costumers can also buy their drinks.


And this is the seating space, comfortable chairs grouped around modern glass tables.


Bonus Task, the Green Room





1 (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/bookstore1.jpg), 2 (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/bookstore2.jpg)

Interview Questions

1. I would be interested to hear about an occasion when your work or an idea was criticized, what was criticized, who criticized you, and how did you handle it?
When I decorated a room for the first time for another person, it was my best friend's bedroom. I had put a lot of thought and effort into it, and when I presented her my plans, she didn't like it at all and was very disappointed. She told me that I didn't listen closely enough to what she told me about her needs for this room. Of course I was hurt because I thought my idea was perfect, but soon I realized that she was right. I corrected the plan to her likings and then decorated the room for her. Now I know that have really have to pay a lot of attention to what a client tells me in the interview.

2. Describe the best manager you ever had. The worst. What qualities did each of them have?
My best manager was the one I had when I worked for a dog school. He had a lot of charisma and was quite demanding, but he never demanded anything he knew was impossible for us, just enough to push us to the limits. At first I didn't like that, but then I realized he did that for us and that it helped me to improve.
The worst manager I had was the owner of a bar where I worked. He was impatient, choleric and friendly only to paying costumers, never to his staff.

3. What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?
From the interview, I got the idea that this is a family business. My interior design reflects that. The rooms are rather small and the furniture quite "homey". I used a lot of wood in the adult area and the café, and bright colors and small book cases and chairs for the kids. I created a space where people not only go to buy a good book, but where they can have fun and socialize.

17th Feb 2008, 6:09 PM
Looks good, Gerbera! As soon as you post up your answers, I'll PM the judges.

17th Feb 2008, 6:58 PM
CC, thanks for the comments on my design.

Will there be any eliminations this round? If not, can we get a small hint as to what type of lot we'll design for the next round, so we can start considering layout and searching for downloads? Pretty please...? :) For each round I had to start from scratch as far as downloads, since creating community lots was never really my thing. The downloads have always been the most time consuming part of each task. I must say, this contest has given me a whole new appreciation and love for designing community lots! So thank you for that!

17th Feb 2008, 9:35 PM
Thank you for waiting for me. I got stuck in a traffic jam, that's why I couldn't post my answers earlier. They are a bit bla, but I couldn't find the right words to say what I wanted to say, I am tired *lol* (and I am from Germany and sometimes English is hard for me, sorry ^^)

18th Feb 2008, 2:50 AM
No problem, Gerbera. :)

I'm going to PM the judges now and close off the round officially. Great job all around!

18th Feb 2008, 3:42 AM
First of all, congratulations for having made it this far in the applications for the partnership. You three are the best designers that our firm has under employ and we are very lucky indeed to have you working for us.

Our fourth and final client we have for you is Mr. Enzo Spumante, whom you probably know from his popular series of cookbooks: "Authentic Italian Cooking with Uncle Enzo." Mr. Spumante is opening his flagship Italian restaurant in Sim City and wants to contract our services to ensure that his ristorante "La Cosa Nostra" will be a splash hit amongst the haute cuisine scene in the tri-county area. Not only is he interested in seeing your interior design skills, Mr. Spumante was so impressed by your portfolios that he has also requested your architectural design skills as well.

I shall have Mr. Spumante himself give you his specifications for this project.


My cookbooks are best-sellers because of the way I can capture Italian life, food, and flavors in my recipes. I would like my ristorante to also capture this "essence of Italy" in its design.
There should be a decently sized reception/hostess area for customers to relax in comfort while waiting for their tables.
I would like to also see a wine cellar/wine bar set aside from the main restaurant where some customers may choose to enjoy appetizers, fine wines, and desserts.
I would like there to be an amply sized kitchen for my staff. I envision limited "special" kitchen seating for special guests as well as an area of the kitchen which is partially open and visible to the dining room.

Company Guidelines:
Be sure to include an aerial shot of your design, as well as up to 8 free shots around the interior.
The only use of photoshop to be allowed is the addition of borders.
Please include some detailed descriptions of your design for each judged shot provided.

~ BONUS TASK (1-5 points) ~
Mr. Spumante wants to commemorate the opening of his ristorante with a new cookbook release of the same name as the restaurant: La Cosa Nostra. Due to his desired tie-in with the ristorante, he would like you to design the front and back covers of the cookbook in a manner which reflects the stylistic flavors of your decor and design. His only request in this matter is that both his name "Uncle Enzo Spumante" and "La Cosa Nostra" appear somewhere on the front cover. Otherwise feel free to get as creative as you desire!

Why do you think that you should be the applicant selected for the partnership position?

Which task was your favorite? Which was your least? Why?

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?

18th Feb 2008, 6:03 AM
mocha- I love your library topic signs. your bookstore is awesome!

18th Feb 2008, 7:21 AM
How nice of you to drop in, dlisted. And thank you for letting all of us know how you feel about mocha's design. Anything to say about Gerbera's design or my design?

18th Feb 2008, 7:22 PM
thanks dlisted. ralph don't be insulted, i suspect dlisted's comment is more about meeting the 5 post requirement to join a contest than complimenting me. lol

this round looks interesting, CC. this is going to be very challenging. you definitely saved the best for last. :) when i saw the name spumanti - i assumed it had something to do with wine. :D

19th Feb 2008, 2:09 AM

Rosie Marques (ralph)
Suitability/Practicality - 33/45 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 31/45 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 26/30 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 14/15 points
Interview Answers - 10/15 points
Bonus - 8
TOTAL - 122/150 points

Kendra Richards (mocha0030)
Suitability/Practicality - 42/45 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 39/45 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 27/30 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 15/15 points
Interview Answers - 12/15 points
Bonus - 11
TOTAL - 146/150 points

Lily Williams (Gerbera)
Suitability/Practicality - 37/45 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 38/45 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 26/30 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 15/15 points
Interview Answers - 11/15 points
Bonus - 9
TOTAL - 136/150 points


Overall Totals Thus Far:

Kendra Richards (mocha0030) - 396/420 points
Lily Williams (Gerbera) - 378/420 points
Rosie Marques (ralph) - 346/420 points

19th Feb 2008, 7:52 AM

Aerial Shot


Hi, Enzo. I'll bet you thought we'd all use green, white, and red, huh? I love Tuscany, so you get Tuscany colors. Hope you like them. And just in case you don't know "Tuscany," Tuscany is one of the twenty Regions of Italy. How long has it been since you were in Italy? The capital of Tuscany is Florence, and it has an area of 22,990 km² and about 3.6 million inhabitants. Clockwise, from lower left: Your office, bar, kitchen, kitchen seating for special guests, area of the kitchen open to the dining room, dining room, hallway, restrooms, reception area, entrance.

View of part of kitchen from the dining room


The bar, looking from the direction of the dining room


Psst…Enzo. One thing I’d like to mention to you in private. Are you sure you want to name your restaurant, your ristorante, “La Cosa Nostra?” It’s pretty controversial. I personally would never enter a place with that name. Food for thought?

View from the bar into the reception area


More of the reception area


Another view of the dining room


Part of the kitchen


Shot of the kitchen area viewable from the dining room


The restrooms






Why do you think that you should be the applicant selected for the partnership position? Oh how I love to answer questions! Because I have more flair, more je ne sais quoi, more pate de fras gras…NOT just than my fellow contestants BUT more than all the architect/interior designers in the WORLD! Put together!

Which task was your favorite? Which was your least? Why? My favorite was Round 1 because we hadn’t yet gotten to judging. Least favorite was the bookstore. It just didn’t arouse me the way the other assignments did. I think it’s good to be aroused.

What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out? Will you be disappointed if I don’t simply refer you to the description I wrote above? I think that the key features that make this design stand out are the toilet stalls and the grocery bags on the floor of the kitchen (you’ve got to look reeeaaal close).

19th Feb 2008, 9:55 AM
thanks to the judges! :D

WOW ralph you are FAST! i'm still trying to figure out a floorplan. http://forums.sims2community.com/images/icons/icon11.gif

19th Feb 2008, 3:45 PM
ralph, the first thing that popped in my mind when I saw your entry was:

It's just lovely! I also liked the little facts you've provided, they're fun and interesting.

As for the "La Cosa Nostra" name, I know about its mafia connections, but Uncle Enzo and an Italian restaurant (actually pizzeria) come from one of my favorite books Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. In that book Uncle Enzo is actually openly the head of the American mafia as well as owner of several highly lucrative restaurants and hotel chains. Probably more info than you guys wanted to know, but I'm totally a geek.

mocha, all of the names of the clients are the products of my highly non-creative mind; Madison Pulchras (Pulchras is the accusative plural of the Latin word pulchra which means "beautiful, pretty"), Evan Christoff (a silly play on a certain fangsmith and avid clubber that I know), Pearl Codice (Codice an altered version of the plural of the word codex referring to the organizational/physical construction of books), and Uncle Enzo Spumante (the Uncle Enzo is as described above and the Spumante came from the fact that the first "Italian" thing I saw in my kitchen was a nice bottle of Asti Spumante).

Hope you guys are enjoying this final round! I'm working on a few more little prizes for you all, since you've been such champs throughout this whole thing!

19th Feb 2008, 7:20 PM
Hi, geek.

Thanks for the background. Except for the judging, this is one of the best contests I've ever been in. I'm enjoying it. :beer:

geek, jr.

20th Feb 2008, 12:42 AM
CC: asti spumanti - exactly! :D that's why i thought winery when i saw the name. i'm almost done with my entry, just adding finishing touches. will post tonight or early tomorrow.

ralph: great job - it's so pretty. and you did it so fast. is it safe to assume you had everything you needed in your downloads folder already? i've had to start from scratch with every round. :(

21st Feb 2008, 6:56 AM
Well, here's my final entry. I hope you like. :)

First Floor Aerial - Kitchen and private dining are located on the top left. Bathrooms and hall are on the top right. The main dining room spans the length of the building in the middle. A raised patio, with additional seats for outdoor dining is at the bottom.


Basement Aerial - Wine cellar and wine bar


Reception Area - While waiting for their tables, customers can relax in the sumptuous reception area, decorated with white leather sectionals or they can have a drink at the bar, just beyond the reception area on the right.


Breaking from the "old world" traditional style usually associated with Italian decor, I've opted instead to design a contemporary space, using modern Italian furniture and influences. Inspired by the concept of "contrasts," I've combined rich Italian leather booth seating in chocolate and ivory against the walls, with free standing chairs upholstered in ivory and red. The lighting on either side, while complimentary also contrasts. I've furthered the contrasts theme by adding traditional touches to a modern design with the ornate hand-painted ceiling and Roman floor sculpture in the foreground. The walls are finished with chocolate leather wall tiles, and the floors are done in Italian marble.


The large kitchen features state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, with double refrigerators, stoves, and sinks. The cabinets are finished in dark wood with white laminate countertops, and a stainless back splash. Shelves run along the perimeter of the entire kitchen for ample storage space. There is a butcher block island in the center of the kitchen for additional prep space.


Private seating is off the kitchen for special guests. I've opted to close the space off from the main dining room with large, lush planters instead of a wall, so guests can have privacy without feeling closed in.


View of kitchen from the main dining room, open by way of a large picture window and glass door.


The temperature-controlled, underground wine cellar is large enough to store all of Uncle Enzo's priceless vintages. Maple wood wine racks run along 3 walls (see aerial photo above). Two large, oak wine barrels are adjacent from the door.


Located outside the wine cellar, is a wine bar for guests interested in a little wine tasting. The area is large enough for special events or private parties.





Ralph, forgive me for the back cover looking so similar to yours. It's a pretty standard back cover, and I would have done this even if you hadn't.


Outside (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Spumante/Rnd4-Outside.jpg) - Entrance and additional seating. A lighted wall menu and ashtrays for customer convenience.

Ladies' Room (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Spumante/Rnd4-Bathroom.jpg) - The men's room is decorated the same, but includes urinals.

Main diningroom 1 (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Spumante/Rnd4-Restaurant2.jpg) - view from bar. The reception area is off camera on the right.

Main diningroom 2 (http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb262/mocha0030/Spumante/Rnd4-Restaurant3.jpg) - View from hallway leading to restrooms. This section provides seating for parties of one or two only.


1. Why do you think that you should be the applicant selected for the partnership position?
Considering that my designs were picked for 2 out of 3 challenges proves that I would make a good partner and satisfy the needs of our clients as well as bring in new business. I've been a dedicated employee for the past 3 years, and further proof of my dedication is the fact that I didn't bail out when the going got tough. ;) I believe in committing myself to projects and giving 100% effort.

2. Which task was your favorite? Which was your least? Why?
The nightclub was my favorite task, because it was the most difficult to complete, and I believe it was the best out of all my designs. I always enjoy challenges. My least favorite was the bookstore, because it didn't offer a huge opportunity for creativity. There's only but so much you can do with a bookstore without offending a "studious" crowd.

3. What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?
The addition of outdoor seating, the modern Italian design which will surely attract a younger, more affluent clientele, a full wine cellar and separate wine bar that can be used for private parties, a range of seating options to accommodate a single diner to a party of 6.

21st Feb 2008, 7:34 PM
Ooh! It looks very lovely mocha! The judges are going to have quite the job during this round, I can tell!

21st Feb 2008, 8:23 PM
Im loving all the designs on here! This is one of those contest that went under the radar for me. I wish I had entered!

23rd Feb 2008, 2:15 AM
thanks CC. i must tell you having to wait until the bitter end of every deadline each round is torture (especially since there are only 3 of us left). i guess i should've gone slower with my design. :)

23rd Feb 2008, 3:48 AM
I can understand the feeling! I keep using the time to make more recolors and tweak the ones I've got... I need to seriously cut down on the extra prizes I'm planning, as I'm sure your downloads folder will explode as a result! :)

23rd Feb 2008, 6:48 AM
yaye extra goodies! *rubs hands together*

that just makes the waiting harder. :(

23rd Feb 2008, 5:41 PM
I've received a PM from Gerbera and I'm granting her a small extension due to illness, so there'll be a slightly longer waiting period, mocha. Have no worries, I'll use this time to do a few more recolors of a sofa I was working on for you guys. :)

Prizes, prizes everywhere! I'll try to take some screenshots of what I've been working on lately so you guys can check them out.

24th Feb 2008, 12:12 AM
are we talking a day, two days, three? just curious.

24th Feb 2008, 1:49 AM
No more than 24 hours, mocha. I want to give the judges enough time to evaluate the entries and for everyone to achieve their accolades for their hard work. Thanks for your patience, guys!

24th Feb 2008, 2:37 PM
Thank you all for waiting for me, I really appreciate it. I am still feeling sick, but I could finish decorating and taking the pictures.

~ Round 4 ~

Getting started with this entry was a bit hard for me, because I have two pictures of Italy in my mind - the elegant, classic side, and the rustic, rural side. For quite a long time I was contemplating about how to design the restaurant, which image to follow. Finally, I decided to use the elegant look for the main rooms, and the rustic look for the kitchen, since it is the heart of the restaurant and the great Italian cuisine comes from the country.

Reception Area with view to the Restaurant

This area is very classic with it's mosaic floor and the wood walls. There's lots of seating for the guests here, and also the restrooms can be entered from here.


more of the reception (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_00000004_94cdb09c.jpg)


The entry area opens to the main room. Here are lots of small tables and comfortable antique-looking chairs waiting for the guests. To the right there's the wine bar, and to the left the kitchen.


small stage with a piano (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_00000004_94cdb0c9.jpg)

View to the Wine Bar


Inside the Wine Bar


view to the kitchen from the restaurant

Parts of the kitchen can be seen from the main room through a wall hole, just as Signore Spumante had wanted.


Kitchen with special seating for guests

As I explained above, the kitchen looks more rustic. The special tables are very simple and of solid wood, just as you would find them in a taverna in the countryside.



one of the restrooms (http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/Indijanajones/Sims/Decorating%20contest/snapshot_00000004_54cdb152.jpg)


Why do you think that you should be the applicant selected for the partnership position?
I gave my very best for every client, considering their wishes and needs, and putting some unique twist in. I will always give my whole heart for a task, and that is what counts, in my eyes.

Which task was your favorite? Which was your least? Why?
My favorite task was the fashion store for Mrs. Pulchras. I do like her clothes a lot and since I belong to her clientèle, deigning the store was quite easy - I just did what I would love to see there, knowing what Mrs. Pulchras other clients are like, too. My least favorite task was the night club. I rarely go out and have absolutely no idea of what is hip and fashionable. So I had to do a lot of research to do my design.
What key features do you feel make your design for this client stand out?
As I explained above, I combined the two images of Italy in this restaurant. Apart from that, the rooms are spacey and classy, very inviting for everybody.

24th Feb 2008, 4:50 PM
Looks good, Gerbera! :) I actually have to visit my in-laws for lunch and a small shopping trip, so how about I give you until I return (probably about 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours) to post up your descriptions?

24th Feb 2008, 7:56 PM
Do I still have the time? Hmm ... I just type the descriptions now and then try to get the bonus task done. ^^

24th Feb 2008, 7:59 PM
Go ahead and pop up your descriptions now, Gerbera. :)

I'm just getting the pictures of the latest stuff I've been making for you guys.

After I see your descriptions, I'll PM the judges. Great work everyone!

24th Feb 2008, 8:18 PM
Thank you so much again, I really appreciate it. I am done with the descriptions and the answers now :)

It was a great contest, I had a lot of fun.

Thanks also to mocha and Ralf, for your patience. I loved your entries for all rounds, and you were though competition, but again, it was fun.

24th Feb 2008, 8:38 PM
Okie-dokie, I'm going to be PM-ing the judges for the final scoring right now!

Here are the first few pictures of the added prizes I've whipped up:





Then it's a veritable Bedding Bonanza!



And finally some recolors of the Sims in Paris Living Room 3 Sofa:

24th Feb 2008, 9:26 PM
oh my! WOW! u have been a busy bee. these additions are fabulous. :D

this contest has been SO much fun! cc, you are a great host and gerbara and ralph, you two have been formidable opponents and have forced me to step my game up with each challenge. i have a few WCIF's for both of you when this is all over. :)

25th Feb 2008, 3:59 AM
Glad that you like them, mocha! :)

Just wanted to report that I've already received scores from two of the judges! (Can't help but want to add to some of the suspense)

25th Feb 2008, 2:42 PM
Wow, those recolors look awesome!

Thank you again for all the work you have put in this contest :)

25th Feb 2008, 11:07 PM
Rosie Marques (redwing/ralph)
Suitability/Practicality - 34/45 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 35/45 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 23/30 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 13/15 points
Interview Answers - 11/15 points
Bonus - 13
TOTAL - 129/150 points

Kendra Richards (mocha0030)
Suitability/Practicality - 41/45 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 39/45 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 27/30 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client -15/15 points
Interview Answers - 12/15 points
Bonus - 12
TOTAL - 146/150 points

Lily Williams (Gerbera)
Suitability/Practicality - 38/45 points
Overall Aesthetics/Beauty - 37/45 points
Thoughtful Description of the Design - 26/30 points
Adherence to the Guidelines of the Client - 12/15 points
Interview Answers - 12/15 points
TOTAL - 125/150 points


Overall Totals:

:1st Kendra Richards (mocha0030) - 396/420 points
:2nd Lily Williams (Gerbera) - 369/420 points
:3rd Rosie Marques (ralph) - 352/420 points


Congratulations to the three of you for doing such fabulous jobs! You guys made running this contest tons of fun and I hope that you have enjoyed this as much as I have. :)

Aside from the initial advertised prizes there are the additional gifts I have recently created. I'll let you decide which gifts you would like to receive and I'll PM you your links within the next 24 hours; either leave me a note here in the contest thread about which prizes you'd like or send me a PM if you prefer.

Thanks again to all of the contestants and special thanks to the judges and their hard work!

I've got another decorating contest up my sleeve that I'll probably try to host here in the near future; I would be more than honored if you would take part in that one as well.

25th Feb 2008, 11:22 PM
:D Thank you judges! *doing happy dance* I was a little worried about this last round since my design didn't have a traditional old-world Italian look.

Thank you CisteCaise for running such a fun and challenging contest. You are a great host, and I wouldn't hesitate to join any of your future contests. I hope you will host a residential contest too.

I'll PM my goodies list. :)

25th Feb 2008, 11:29 PM
Congratulations mocha0030, it was a great contest CisteCaise, like mocha0030 I'd join if you host another :D.

25th Feb 2008, 11:50 PM
thanks romy :)

26th Feb 2008, 3:59 AM
Congrats mocha00300!

26th Feb 2008, 5:39 AM
Well done, everybody!

Many thanks, CC. You're a super host.

26th Feb 2008, 6:38 AM
Mocha, congrats girl! :D

26th Feb 2008, 7:13 AM
thanks coldfloral and zizismommy. same to you, ralph.

26th Feb 2008, 2:35 PM
Congratulations, mocha :D Your designs were awesome, just as Ralf's, you've both been inspiring me with your entries :)

Thanks again CC for this fabulous contest! :D

Thank you also to the judges.

26th Feb 2008, 4:40 PM
Thanks to you all for participating! And congratulations again to you all! This has been a really fun little contest for me to run, and I got such a blast out of looking at how creative and beautiful your entries were!

I hope that you all enjoy your prizes!

28th Feb 2008, 2:32 AM
Congrats Mocha! And I just want to say that everyone's designs were good as well.

28th Feb 2008, 10:42 AM
thanks gerbara and joyp, and congrats to you too, gerbara.

cc, everything looks great in-game! i've already used some pieces. i especially love the african chairs, sip sofas, and the bedding.

1st Mar 2008, 12:48 AM
Congratulations mocha, gerbera and ralph.

1st Mar 2008, 8:35 AM
Hey, nyane...You oughta judge contests.

1st Mar 2008, 2:18 PM
Oh, ralph! I thought you did a fabulous job! I really loved all of your entries. Don't let the numbers get you down. :) Every judge has different ideas of what they like, which is why there was a small group of them.

2nd Mar 2008, 12:44 PM
Thanks, CC...I know. But I couldn't resist teasing nyane about mistaking joyp for me. :howdy:

3rd Mar 2008, 2:20 AM
Sorry ralph. My English is not very good. I didn´t read the right post. I´m really sorry. :(
Thanks also the judgs and CC.

3rd Mar 2008, 6:05 AM
It's OK, nyane. I'm very touchy. :worm: